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Associate

Jensen Strategies
Portland, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Our small and growing management consulting firm is in immediate need of an experienced, innovative, personable, and motivated professional to lead and/or support a broad range of projects for local government clients.  We are seeking an individual who has experience and familiarity with local government structures, services, and processes.  This position leads and/or supports elements of client projects involving collaborative decision-making, organizational assessments, policy analysis, and public manager recruitments. 

FIRM OVERVIEW

Jensen Strategies is a 10 year-old management consulting firm located in the South Portland area near the Columbia River waterfront.  We provide a broad range of management consulting services for local governments in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on facilitation of collaborative decision-making processes, organizational assessments, policy analyses, and executive recruitments.  We place a high value on providing professional services that support good governance with objectivity, neutrality, and integrity.  We work hard for our clients and expect all team members to provide high-caliber professional products and services.  

Our team members work with local governments to facilitate and support decision-making processes to achieve positive, tangible, and implementable outcomes.  These projects can involve a broad range of issues including public safety, natural resources, human resources, transportation, land use, water, wastewater, and stormwater, judicial, corrections, libraries, parks, and other topics. 

The office environment is collaborative, inclusive, hard-working, fun, and supportive. It is not uncommon to have all-team brainstorming sessions on projects. The small nature of our firm requires all team members to be flexible and adaptive to changing circumstances. The work environment is professional but informal where jeans are common on non-client meeting days. We encourage and place importance on maintaining work-life balance for our team.  The office is pet-friendly with team member dogs and a cat working in the office periodically.  

NOTE:  During the current pandemic, we are adapting as much as possible while prioritizing everyone’s health and safety. Work is expected to be full time in person and mask policies are evaluated in an ongoing fashion based on team needs, case levels, or other appropriate factors. 

THE POSITION

The Associate is a professional position that provides project management and/or support on client projects including facilitation, organizational assessments, policy analysis, and public manager recruitment support.  The person in this position must be able to navigate and adapt to different types of client projects and circumstances.  The workload can vary from developing high level strategies to conducting mundane tasks.  This position responsibilities may include:

·      Project management (process development and implementation)

·      Interviews of elected officials, public employees, and candidates (for client recruitments)

·      Facilitation of public officials and staff, committees, task forces, and other groups

·      Public policy research and analysis

·      Operational and cultural assessments of client programs, departments, or workplace environments

·      Writing clear and succinct work products including reports, memos, summaries, fact sheets, and minutes (including formatting documents for readability)

·      PowerPoint presentation development

·      Client communications (phone, email, etc.)

·      Research and/or prepare proposals

·      Data organization and summaries including preparation of matrices, informational materials, and meeting handouts per data provided

·      Client event/meeting staffing and logistics– coordinate logistics, take notes, and assist the lead consultant

·      Other administrative duties, as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

The position requires a bachelor’s degree as well as excellent professional writing skills, strong organization capabilities, exceptional attention to detail, customer focus, a problem-solving attitude, appreciation for entrepreneurship, and strong interpersonal/communication skills.  

The ideal candidate has at least two years’ experience working in or with local government, a Master of Public Administration degree (or similar) and is committed to the principles of good governance and public service.  Experience in group facilitation, conducting stakeholder interviews, hiring process management, and organizational development are highly desired.

Required Software/Technology Skills

·      Microsoft Word / Excel / PowerPoint

·      Zoom / video conferencing 

·      Dropbox or other online drive/database system familiarity

Other Beneficial Skills / Experience

·      Public finance

·      Human resources particularly experience with public sector recruitment

·      Diversity, equity, and inclusion

·      Mediation

·      Other consulting experience

·      Specific public policy area expertise(s)

HOURS/WORK LOCATION

The position is full-time exempt (40 hours/week), Monday-Friday.  Work is conducted at the Jensen Strategies office and at client locations when needed. Occasional evening or weekend meetings and/or overnight travel may be required to support client projects within Oregon and Washington.

TO APPLY

Please email cover letter and resume  Position is open until filled.

Cover letters should address your training/experience relevant to the position, why you think you are a good fit for our firm, and anything else you want to share that may not be evident from your resume.  Cover letters should be no more than two pages (11 point font minimum please).  

Resumes must include, at a minimum, your phone and email, all relevant employment including dates (month/year) in each position as well as educational degrees and certifications. 

We welcome you to inform our team confidentially if you may require any special accommodations to participate fully in our recruitment process.  

NOTE:  The successful applicant will be required to complete a background check, please reach out with questions.

Jensen Strategies

Why Work Here?
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Address

1750 S Harbor Way

Portland, OR
USA

Industry

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